Mary L. Gray
Mary L. Gray is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She maintains an appointment as an Associate Professor in the Media School, with adjunct appointments in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies, at Indiana University. Her research looks at how media access and everyday uses of technologies transform people's lives. Her last book, Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (NYU Press, 2009), looked at how young people in the rural United States use media to negotiate their sexual and gender identities, local belonging, and connections to broader, imagined queer communities. Mary's current book project, co-authored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri, combines ethnography, interviews, survey data and large scale data analysis of four crowdsourcing platforms operating in the United States and India to examine workers' experiences of digital labor and the future of employment in platform economies.